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From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Historical Park Small-Group Day Trip

1. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Historical Park Small-Group Day Trip

Visit sites that date back to 1350 at the Ayutthaya Historical Park. Learn about Buddhist history, architecture, and religion as you explore countless temples with your experienced tour guide. In the 18th century, much of Ayutthaya was destroyed by Burmese invaders; witness the structures in their various states of disrepair. Tree roots growing around scattered Buddha heads only adds to the historical charm of this unique destination. After departing from Bangkok bright and early, see Bang Pa-In Royal Palace en route to Ayutthaya. Used as a summer residence for ancient Thai kings, the golden pagodas and serene pools make for a great introduction to the region’s glorious past. After arriving in Ayutthaya, take several hours to explore fascinating ancient religious sites including Wat Mahathat, where a decapitated Buddha head sits nestled between ancient tree roots. Continue to Wat Mongkol Borpit, known for its enormous seated Buddha statue. Discover Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, the most holy and important complex of the ancient Thai capital. Finally, explore Wat Chaiwatthanaram, known for its towering stone chedis. This site is one of the main reasons Ayutthaya was awarded UNESCO status in 1991.

Bangkok: Private Transfer to Ancient City & Erawan Museum

2. Bangkok: Private Transfer to Ancient City & Erawan Museum

Visit 2 of the most famous attractions in Samut Prakan province, Erawan Museum and Ancient City, with a convenient single ticket. Benefit from pickup and drop-off from/to your hotel in Bangkok city center and travel with a friendly driver for the day. First, find out how Erawan Museum, located just outside of Bangkok, was constructed as a symbol of peace and humanity, and now showcases the arts, philosophies, religious diversity, and spirit of Asia. Upon arrival, marvel at the giant 3-headed elephant sculpture which makes up part of the exterior building. This attraction is the first and largest hand-carved sculpture in the world. Then, head over to Ancient Siam, also known as the Ancient City - a park constructed under the patronage of Lek Viriyaphant and spreading over 200 acres in the shape of Thailand. The founder's idea was to create a golf course filled with miniatures of Thailand's historically significant structures. Today, some of the structures in the park are full-size replicas of important Thai monuments, while others are scaled-down, miniature versions. While you're in the park, you can also enjoy 1-hour tram tour or bike ride together with an audio guide included in your package.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya UNESCO Private Full-Day Trip

3. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya UNESCO Private Full-Day Trip

Head north from Bangkok on this private full-day trip to Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Wat Phrasrisanphet and the former palace, the prototype for the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Take a walk to Wihan Mongkon Borpit to see the seated Buddha statue. Continue on to Wat Mahathat and Wat Ratchaburana and hear the story of the battle fought from the backs of elephants. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant. The visit ends at the Choasampraya Museum. Admire the collection of ancient ornaments. Spend some time at Wat Chaiwattanaram, the stunning temple on the river, before returning to Bangkok.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Full-Day Trip with Cruise and Lunch

4. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Full-Day Trip with Cruise and Lunch

Step back in time with a visit to Ayutthaya, the capital during the golden age of Siam. Tour the magnificent ruins of temples with an expert guide, marvel at enormous Buddhas, and take a scenic river cruise. Enjoy included entrance fees, lunch, and transportation. Depart Bangkok in the morning and head to Ayutthaya by air-conditioned minibus. Upon arrival, make your first stop at Wat Lokayasutha and see the temple's famous giant reclining Buddha image. Continue to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, considered the most important temple in Ayutthaya. Hear about how this part of the royal palace complex served as the site for royal rituals. Next, visit Viharn Pra Mongkolborpit to admire the bronze Buddha statue in the style of "subduing Mara." At 12.45 meters (40.8 feet) tall, it's one of the largest images of Buddha in Thailand. From there, move on to one of the oldest and most significant temples in Ayutthaya's history, Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya. which once housed the Buddha's holy relic. Admire the famous Buddha head entwined within the roots of a Bodhi tree. Around noon, transfer to the Pasak River pier and cruise along to the Chaophraya River while enjoying an international buffet lunch. On the way, pass by a royal monastery, a church, and a mosque. Last but not least, finish your trip at the grand, riverside Wat Chaiwattanaram. Marvel at its compelling architectural style, influenced by the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia, as you wander around the monumental grounds. The tour concludes with a transfer back to Bangkok.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Private Full-Day UNESCO Trip

5. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Private Full-Day UNESCO Trip

Choose to meet your guide at the meeting point or take advantage of hotel transfer services from your accommodation in Bangkok. Drive towards the Ancient city of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. Make your first stop at Wat Phra Sri Sanphet which was for a long time considered to be the spiritual center of Thailand. Situated within the royal palace grounds, the temple is the royal monastery and is a model of the royal temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. Then, head to Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya which is one of the oldest and most significant temples in the history of Ayutthaya as it housed the Buddha's holy relic. The temple is most famous for the Buddha head situated in a Bodhi tree root. Next, stop at Wat Ratchaburana which houses a large number of Buddha images and gold artifacts. Enjoy lunch that will be served at Krungsri River Hotel. In the afternoon, continue on to the Chao Samphraya National Museum. Admire the most important objects here including the Buddha relics found inside the crypt of Wat Mahathat and other golden treasures like the golden sword, the golden headgear (hat), the miniature royal regalia, golden sculptures, and more. Then, visit Wat Lokaya Sutharam to see the 42-meter-long reclining white Buddha. Last but not least, finish the trip at Wat Chaiwattanaram which rests on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. Learn about how the temple was ordered to built in 1630 by King Prasat Thong to honor his mother featuring the architectural style influenced by the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia. Arrive back in Bangkok at around 5 PM.

Samut Prakan: Erawan Museum Discounted Admission Ticket

6. Samut Prakan: Erawan Museum Discounted Admission Ticket

Enjoy access to the Erawan Museum, located just outside Bangkok in Samut Prakan province. Find out how the museum was constructed as a symbol of peace and humanity, showcasing the arts, philosophies, religious diversity, and spirit of Asia. Receive a discounted ticket that allows you access at a specified date and time. When you arrive, marvel at the giant 3-headed elephant sculpture which makes up part of the exterior building. This attraction is the first and biggest hand-carved sculpture in the world. As you enter, discover how the museum is sectioned into 3 levels which symbolize the underworld, the earth, and heaven in a lot of religious and philosophical thinking. Start at the Suvarnabhumi Level, the underground level of the Elephant. Observe a showcase of ancient artifacts and porcelain - all part of the owner's prized collection - which represent 'the past'. Admire numerous artifacts including the Thai style ceramic ware of Benjarong. Also marvel at the figure of Naga, the snake-like god of the underworld who is the givers of waters in Buddhist belief. Next, head up to the Earth Section, the circular base that supports the weight of the elephant. See how the interior of the building incorporates many art forms of the world, including Western and Eastern styles in a truly unique form. Notice how the ceiling of the entrance is similar to the ceiling of the earth and the stained glass form the pattern of the Earth. Finally, arrive at the Cosmo Level which is the area inside the body of the elephant. Navigate along 2 passageways from the right and left feet of the elephants towards an area painted with stories of gods and goddesses floating in heaven. Once you've explored the interiors of this unique building, continue your tour to the outside areas. Take a stroll through the garden which is filled with rare tree species from all over Thailand, some of which have significance in Thai literature.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya & Ayothaya Floating Market Day Trip

7. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya & Ayothaya Floating Market Day Trip

Discover some of the notable historical sites of Ayutthaya on a day trip from Bangkok. Visit ancient temples and palaces as well as the Ayothaya Floating Market with an expert guide. After meeting in Bangkok in the morning, start the 2-hour drive to Ayutthaya. The ancient city of Ayutthaya was founded around 1350, and became the second capital of Siam after Sukhothai. On this full-day trip, you will explore the ruins of the old city, in the UNESCO listed Ayutthaya Historical Park. The park is an archaeological site that contains palaces, Buddhist temples, monasteries, and statues. Visit the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, originally built in 1632 by King Prasat Thong. At this spot, you can find a number of impressive buildings built in different architectural styles from Thai, Chinese and European design. Continue your tour with a visit to the Ayothaya Floating Market and enjoy some free time for lunch at your own expense. After lunch, you will visit 2 more historical sites, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet and Wat Mahathat, to discover the ruins of the great temple sites. You will return to Bangkok in the early evening, where you will be dropped off at a location close to the original meeting point.

Erawan Museum and Ancient City: Combo Ticket

8. Erawan Museum and Ancient City: Combo Ticket

Conveniently visit both famous attractions in Samut Prakan province, Erawan Museum and Ancient City, with one ticket. Find out how Erawan Museum, located just outside of Bangkok, was constructed as a symbol of peace and humanity, and now showcases the arts, philosophies, religious diversity, and spirit of Asia. Upon arrival, marvel at the giant three-headed elephant sculpture which makes up part of the exterior building. This attraction is the first and largest hand-carved sculpture in the world. Ancient Siam, also known as the Ancient City, is a park constructed under the patronage of Lek Viriyaphant and spreading over 200 acres in the shape of Thailand. The founder's idea was to create a golf course filled with miniatures of Thailand's historically significant structures. Today, some of the structures in the park are full-size replicas of important Thai monuments, while others are scaled-down, miniature versions. Opt to include a traditional khantoke meal during your visit to the Ancient City to make your trip even more fulfilling and memorable.

From Bangkok: Private Tour to Ayutthaya & Summer Palace

9. From Bangkok: Private Tour to Ayutthaya & Summer Palace

Explore Ayutthaya, the old capital city of the kingdom of Siam on a private guided day trip from Bangkok. Discover the major highlights of the historical city and stop off at the King's Summer Palace - an iconic landmark on the route home. Start your trip with pickup from your hotel in Bangkok. Board an air-conditioned private vehicle and head straight to Ayuthaya, the former Thai capital for over 400 years. Set off to observe the glory of the ancient capital on a guided walking tour of the temple and palace ruins. First, visit Wat Phu Khao Thong, or the “Monastery of the Golden Mount” located just outside Ayuthaya. Then, proceed to the ancient palace and Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the holiest temple on the site of the old Royal Palace. Capture incredible photographs of the 3 chedis (or stupas) before heading over to Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit where you can witness one of the largest bronze Buddha statues in Thailand. Following this, sit down to enjoy a delicious lunch served at a local restaurant. After this relaxing break, continue your tour to Wat Lokayasutharam, home to an impressive reclining Buddha statue. Also, step into the famous Wat Mahatat where you can marvel at the remarkable Buddha image situated right in the middle of a bodhi tree. Finally, visit the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace located between Bangkok and Ayutthaya and built during the Ayuthaya era. Learn about how it was the favorite summer palace of King Rama V and showcases an eclectic collection of buildings that blend European, Khmer, Thai, and Chinese architectural styles. At the end of the afternoon, get transferred back to your hotel in Bangkok where your memorable tour concludes.

Damnoen Saduak, Reclining Buddha, and Wat Arun Private Tour

10. Damnoen Saduak, Reclining Buddha, and Wat Arun Private Tour

Spend a full day visiting popular markets and famous temples in Bangkok on a private tour, complete with private, air-conditioned car and personal guide. Start with a visit to the Maeklong railway market and explore the stalls that are actually set up on the tracks. Make a quick stop at a coconut farm to learn about the production of coconut sugar, then continue to the vibrant and colorful Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Enjoy a boat ride on a small long boat through the market as you see local vendors paddle their boats to sell things along the canals. Return to Bangkok for lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is home to a 46-meter-long and 15-meter-high Buddha statue and the first open university of Thailand. The final stop on the tour is Wat Arun, better known as the Temple of Dawn which had existed since the 17th century. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Bangkok.

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We are a group of 4 on a day trip to Ayutthaya. The trip covered key landmarks and was a great way to spend a day learning about Thai history. We also had lunch at a wonderful Thai restaurant with great fried rice and pork. Our guide Tar was an excellent guide who was mindful of our comfort throughout the tour. She was also professional and very knowledgeable about Ayutthaya. She was hospitable, offering to take photos of us in the best spots at each landmark. It was a hot and sweltering day, but made a breeze due to Tar’s warm nature. Will recommend the trip to anyone.

Tar was an amazing guide, she knows a lot about all the places we visited. She was able to make the tour even more enjoyable with her great personality. She's super funny and friendly and was always on the lookout for the best places to take our pictures. Would definitely recommend a tour with Tar.

Jacky was my guide from Tripguru, the Thai local partner. He was very knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. Enjoyed my day. The local restaurant by the river he took us to served a delicious phad thai. The weather was kind, as there was cloud cover.

Our guide (Victor) was great, exceeded our expectations. All the history behind Ayutthaya was very interested, we had a great trip.

Very knowledgeable guide and always ready to answer any questions we had.